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witnesses say gunfire and the sound of explosions erupting at a hotel popular with westerners. the pictures coming in at this hour. the friday freefall on wall street. the dow dropping more than 500 points during trading. what's causing this as millions of americans lose money in their savings? we're on wall street. also breaking, the urgent search at this hour for a dozen missing marines after a midair collision. the nor'easter hitting tonight, reported tornadoes already. and a passenger jet hitting severe turbulence, tonight the injuries and the flight attendant rushed to the hospital. fight night. ted cruz stands by what he said about new york values, new york city, and donald trump fights back. why even hillary clinton tonight and just a short time ago, they came before the cameras in tennessee with their dog and what they said that had everyone smiling. good evening, and we begin tonight with breaking news. images coming in as we come on an attack on a hotel popular with westerners. these are the images coming in
in west africa. eyewitnesses describing a horrific scene. gunmen, their heads covered, shooting into the air then storming into the hotel. cars ablaze at this hour. gunfire heard in the streets and now reports of possible hostages inside that hotel and a warning now from the u.s. embassy to any americans in the region. let's get right to abc's senior justice correspondent pierre thomas in washington tonight. pierre. >> reporter: david, just a dangerous situation unfolding in that west african country. part of a new wave of terror. the horror began just after 7:30 p.m. local time. multiple gunmen storming the splendid hotel in downtown ouagadougou. amid the gunfire records of two car bombs detonating. people running for their lives. french news agencies tonight saying at least 20 have been slaughtered in the assault. authorities engaged the assailants in a pitched gunfight that went on for hours. the situation is still fluid but
american embassy and military personnel in the area have been accounted for. there was a similar attack in nearby mali just two months ago killing 20, as well. this week has been a bloody one. tonight's assault is the third terror attack in four days targeting western nationals. tonight an al qaeda affiliate is claiming credit for the carnage. people are being told to stay away from downtown and a curfew has been imposed. david. >> pierre thomas. we'll be staying on this story into the night, thank you. pierre, thank you. meantime, back here at home to wall street, stocks in a freefall today. the dow closing down nearly 400 points. wild swings, at one point down more than 500 points. experts this evening pointing to one major factor driving all of this, the price of oil. already a very tough start to the year for americans and their savings. is there more to come? abc's gio benitez at the new york stock exchange tonight. >> reporter: tonight, a
all major u.s. markets in a freefall today. the dow dropping over 500 points before closing down 390, the nasdaq finishing down 2.7% and the s&p down 2.1%. so far this year the dow losing $547 billion. leading the way down, financial stocks and energy. >> when oil trades lower, yes, there is that benefit that gas prices are going to go down, but most likely you do have an oil stock in your diverse portfolio and those prices are going to be affected by that falling oil price. >> reporter: a gallon of oil now cheaper than a bottle of water in some places. so, what does that mean for your nest egg? the average 401(k) of $92,000 has already lost $7500 in value since the beginning of the year. >> one thing they shouldn't do with their 401(k)s is try and trade them in and out of a falling market, because just as soon as the market falls on a day like this, it may jump once again, and you will have missed out on that. >> reporter: and, david, traders
up and down may actually be healthy for the market to sort of stabilize those stock prices. but no doubt these are scary times for traders and investors, david. >> gio benitez on wall street tonight. gio, thank you. now to the search under way at this hour off the coast of hawaii for 12 marines missing after two military helicopters collided. search teams overhead all day today braving rough seas for any sign of survivors. abc's chief global affairs correspondent martha raddatz on the desperate search at this hour. >> reporter: the searchers in the air, on the sea, looking for those 12 marines and the wreckage from the two massive helicopters, leaving a debris field some 15 miles long, virtually the entire north shore of oahu where abc's aditi roy is tonight. >> the rough surf and waves making it treacherous as the marine corps warns beachgoers
wash ashore. >> reporter: the ch-53s went down in darkness under a cover of clouds during a routine training mission, the helicopters believed to have collided midair after reports of a fireball and loud booms. >> at night using night vision goggles there are all sorts of things that can -- that adjust your perception of where you are in relation to the aircraft or where the horizon is in relation to your aircraft. >> reporter: in the past year there have been a rash of marine corps helicopter accidents. the highest number of fatalities in at least five years. >> and martha is with us tonight. martha, we know most of those accidents have been in training. >> they have been, david, and the marine corps will certainly try to look at what might be contributing to this, whether it's pilot training or equipment, but this is a reminder that military training is not without very real danger, david. >> martha raddatz in washington, martha, thank you. now to the air scare on board an american airlines flight from new york to miami hitting extreme turbulence. there were several injuries, passengers and crew.
rushed to the hospital. eyewitnesses now describing the moment the turbulence hit. abc's david kerley covers aviation for us. >> reporter: that flight attendant with the bloodied nose on a stretcher. the american airlines jet heading to miami into this weather hit severe turbulence. passengers were screaming. children crying. >> it felt like a roller coaster. it was just very uncomfortable, and everybody was afraid. >> american 1410, we have one flight attendant with a broken nose, and we have several minor injuries to passengers. >> reporter: other planes were hit too. severe turbulence can toss people, their belongings, even heavy drink carts around the cabin. predicting turbulence like this has always been the problem, but some new software is giving pilots a view inside the storm. we were on this test flight around miami recently where these pilots aim for trouble. >> well, we're headed right for this turbulence. >> yes, we are. >> on purpose. >> reporter: rockwell has developed radar software which
on its jets. green means go, a path through the storm. >> when we've actually flown through those areas, it's been smooth as glass. there hasn't even been a ripple. >> reporter: technology which may prevent these turbulent rides. david kerley, abc news, washington. >> david, thank you. now to the extreme weather this friday night. the nor'easter hitting this evening bringing high winds, rain, tornado watches and warnings for a time across florida. one reported tornado near cape coral, whipping winds in sanibel island off the coast, drenching rain outside this family's home in orlando, and the roof ripped off this strip mall in venice, florida. we're tracking the nor'easter and a major blast of arctic air elsewhere. meteorologist rob marciano here on both fronts tonight. hey, rob. >> hey, david. it's the southern flank of that developing nor'easter that really clobbered south florida. that rough weather has since moved out. they'll get another round on sunday but the center of our low now over the carolinas and the precip shield pushing across virginia into the northeast, a fast-moving storm but it's going to rain heavily with big winds
northeast overnight. only the furthest northern mountains seeing accumulating snow. that cold front you see to the west, that's where the cold stuff is. minus 17 in minneapolis on sunday, but that's the actual temperature. talk about windchills 43 below in duluth. spreading east on monday and 4 degrees in d.c., some areas will see the lowest temperature in two years. >> bundle up. all right. rob marciano with us, rob, thank you. now to that showdown in south carolina last night. 11 million people watching the republican rumble and center stage donald trump and ted cruz, the gloves came off on a number of issues including what ted cruz meant when he said trump has new york values. abc's tom llamas on the campaign trail tonight with breaking developments. word late today from cruz when asked if he would apologize. >> reporter: tonight, ted cruz asked again and again should he apologize to the people of new york after staying the course last night on that debate stage saying donald trump embodies new york values. >> could you explain what you mean by that?
know exactly what new york values are. >> i am from new york. i don't. >> you're from new york, so you might not, but i promise you in the state of south carolina, they do. and, listen, there are many, many wonderful, wonderful working men and women in the state of new york, but everyone understands that the values in new york city are socially liberal or pro-abortion or pro-gay marriage, focused around money and the media, and i guess i can frame it another way, not a lot of conservatives come out of manhattan. i'm just saying. >> reporter: trump's response, controlled contempt. >> when the world trade center came down, i saw something that no place on earth could have handled more beautifully, more humanely than new yoyo. everybody in the world loved new york and loved new yorkers, and i have to tell you, that was a
ted made. [ applause ] >> reporter: and now cruz learning the risks of taking on new york. on the cover of "the daily news" lady liberty giving him the one-finger salute. new york's mayor and governor, both democrats, outraged demanding an apology. cruz tonight defiant. >> i apologize to the millions of new yorkers who have been let down by liberal politicians in that state. i apologize to all the pro-life and pro-marriage and pro-second amendment new yorkers who were told by governor cuomo that they have no place in new york. >> reporter: and, david, just to show you how cruz's new york values attack has really struck a chord, even hillary clinton siding with trump on this issue tweeting, "just this once trump's right." david. >> a rare agreement on that front, all right, tom, thank you. george stephanopoulos will be interviewing donald trump this sunday on "this week" with george. now to a major development following here on "world news tonight" involving lead in the water in flint, michigan.
launched. the governor of michigan asking the white house to declare a federal disaster, and this evening many asking what did authorities know, and when did they know it? abc's alex perez back on the case. >> reporter: why the delay? >> there's no delay. >> reporter: tonight michigan governor rick snyder and possibly other state officials under investigation after an unprecedented toxic water crisis in flint. the michigan attorney general today launching a formal investigation to determine if any laws were violated and why it took authorities so long to respond saying in a statement, "the situation in flint is a human tragedy, in 21st century america, no one should have to fear something as basic as turning on the kitchen faucet." angry residents now testing their children for lead poisoning. >> tell us how long we got to keep suffering through this. >> reporter: the frustration growing since 2014 when the city of flint stopped paying for water from lake huron and began to process water from the flint
it wasn't until more than a year later that officials declared the water unsafe. this week governor snyder deploying the national guard. volunteers delivering bottled water and tap water filters to residents. and, david, the governor even asking president obama to declare a federal emergency in flint. there's already a fema team on the ground assessing the situation. david. >> alex, thank you. now to the capture of el chapo in mexico and the american actor at the center of so many headlines involving el chapo's arrest. sean penn breaking his silence about his secret meeting with the fugitive drug lord. he says he was interviewing him and he denies leading authorities to el chapo's hideout claiming he's been made a scapegoat. >> we had met with him many weeks earlier in a place nowhere near where he was captured. >> el chapo was captured three months after that meeting. tonight penn says he regrets his reporting didn't bring attention to the war on drugs. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this friday. walmart's big announcement tonight closing more than 260
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changes are coming to portions of yosemite national park. noah it's a rebranding. as you can imagine, some people want their favofrite national park to stay the same. sarah we're going to the source behind this new direction-- at 6-30. finally tonight here, our persons of the week. the story of a mother and her young son. she knew he was different, but she fought for him, determined to make sure everyone would have his back, and because of that fight, it's now opened the door for millions of children who have come after him. the story starar 82 years ago, a little boy in forest, mississippi, his name, donald triplett. and two parents recognize that their boy is different. >> very. he never cries for his mother. when his dad comes home, he never looks up and runs to him. he's just somehow in his own space in his own world. >> reporter: but donald's parents, his mother especially, determined to get into his world.
>> reporter: it was the 1930s. no one had even heard of autism. >> mary triplett was in a world where if you had a kid like donald, you were told basically one thing, put that child away and forget. >> send him to an institution. >> send him to an institution, and they did. >> and then they said, wait a second. we're giving up too easy. >> reporter: she fought to get him into school, and he was soon sitting in the first grade. what would a mother not do for her child? >> exactly. it's parental love, and that's not just for children with autism. that's for -- what would any parent do for their child? >> reporter: she would teach him how to drive, and tonight this is donald now, 82 and still driving. he learned how to drive at 27. >> yeah. >> and he drives in his own special way. >> reporter: both hands on the wheel using both feet and always a cadillac. >> you can imagine his mother saying, no, no, no, just use one foot, but that didn't work.
mississippi town knows him. >> hey, don. how are you? >> all right. hey, t.w., how are you doing? >> reporter: and until just recently donald had no idea he was case number one diagnosed with autism. decades later so many parents fighting for their children including karen, her own son mickey here as a baby. >> here we go. >> reporter: fighting for him after his diagnosis, the schooling, a seat with the other kids, and look at him tonight. we have all watched him grow. karen was a longtime producer at abc news working with john donvan. they reported those early stories on autism. >> we have to see mickey and people like mickey as one of us and we're not there yet. we're getting there. >> reporter: she says with every child, the whole community needs to have their back. donald's did, first his mother then everyone else. >> you know, donald has autism today. i find it very hard to say he's disabled because there's really not anything he is unable to do. >> and so we choose donald
who have come after him. john and karen and their new book "in a different key" comes out next week. an excerpt tonight on our website. i'm david muir. i hope to see you right back here on monday. until then have a good evening. good night.vening. good night.now at 6:30." nats: explosion tonight on kolo 8 news now... all the snow we're getting this year, brought n-dot out today, for avalanch control on the roads. and it was a messy commute this morning. we're taking a look at the dangerous road conditions this morning and what you can expect over the weekend. plus, changes are coming to nevada prisons, to improve safety for inmates... and guards.
and i'm srah johns. rain, snow and below freezing temperatures caused dangerous conditions on the roads this morning. the morning communte was an icy one for much of northern nevada. several dozen accidents were reported throughout reno, sparks and washoe valley. during the morning commute, n-h-p told us they were working around 10 accidents just at the spaghetti bowl. that resulted in a major backup on 395 southbound all the way north past mccarran. i-80 at lockwood is closed in both directions because of several accidents in the area due to icy roads. and one person died in a crash in sun valley this morning. deputies say the driver went through a stop sign on a-wrap-a-hoe arapahoe drive... then crashed into a ditch. the washoe county medical examiner's office is working to determine an exact cause of death. the storms keep coming this week. a lot of us woke to snow this morning. jeff thompson joins us from the weather